June 8, 2016
This evaluation report references the United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally.
Under the leadership of President Obama, the United States has put gender equality and the advancement of women and girls at the forefront of the three pillars of U.S. foreign policy–diplomacy, development, and defense. This is embodied in the President’s National Security Strategy, the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, and the 2010 and 2015 U.S. Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Reviews. Empowerment of women and girls is critical to USAID’s core mission of ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity. Preventing and responding to gender-based violence is a cornerstone of the Administration’s commitment to advancing gender equality.
Since the 2012 publication of the United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally (GBV Strategy), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has made great strides under all four strategy objectives. Under Objective 1: Coordination, USAID is engaging its operating units and providing collaborative leadership with other U.S. Government agencies and external partners. Under Objective 2: Integration, USAID has institutionalized efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) into policies and procedures while building capacity and linking GBV efforts to an increasingly diverse set of sectors and programming activities. Under Objective 3: Research, USAID investments are increasing the evidence base for understanding the global problem and effectiveness of interventions, helping us focus our efforts for maximum impact. Finally, under Objective 4: Programming, USAID is expanding efforts in all regions and using targeted investment to prioritize GBV prevention and other innovations.
USAID’s aspiration is simple: to maximize the impact of the Agency’s efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence by addressing the root causes of violence, improving prevention and protection services, responding to the education, health and economic needs of those affected by gender-based violence, and supporting legal frameworks that mitigate gender-based violence. Over the past three years, USAID has reached more than five million survivors of gender-based violence with potentially life-saving services.